2015 Honor Awards Winners

SEATTLE, November 17, 2015 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter hosted the annual Honor Awards for Washington Architecture to celebrate excellence in design. Award-winning projects, announced at a packed event at Benaroya Hall, served as powerful demonstrations of the outstanding caliber of design that is consistently produced by Washington-based architects and designers.

The three-person distinguished jury included Toni Casamor from BCQ arquitectura (Barcelona), Astrid Lipka from Rice+Lipka Architects (New York City), and Juhani Pallasmaa (Helsinki). The event was moderated by Gundula Proksch, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington. Co-Chairs for the 2015 AIA Seattle Honor Awards were Brendan Connolly, AIA, of Mithun and Kailin Gregga, Assoc. AIA, of Best Practice Architecture.

From over 130 submittals, the jury chose award winners from two categories – built and conceptual. Across the spectrum of project types, the jury acknowledged both the breadth and quality of submitted projects, and applauded the winners for their focus on clarity; simplicity; appropriateness to human scale; and inspired social transformation.

For more information about the projects, please expand the accordions below*. To view project images and submission PDFs, visit the Online Gallery.

Award of Honor

Anhalt Renovation + Addition -- PUBLIC47 Architects

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Building on the traditions of contractor Frederick William Anhalt, AIA Seattle Honorary Member, the historic landmark 1930’s Anhalt building in Seattle has been restored to its original residential use, with a new addition on the site. The jury was fascinated by the dialogue created between the old and new architecture, noting that the new addition “elevates the original building” and provides another “framework for understanding” the historic structure.

Project Location: Seattle, Washington

Design Team: Jeff Boone, AIA; Scot Carr, AIA; Kevin Tabari, AIA

Collaborators: Trinity Real Estate (Developer); DCI Engineers (Structural and Civil Engineers); Weisman Design Group (Landscape Architect); WSP (MEP Engineers); RDH (Envelope Consultants); BOLA Architecture + Planning (Landmark Nomination Consultant); Stephen Day Architects (Preservation Architect); Shilshole Construction (General Contractor); Jergens Construction (Owner’s Representative); Preservation Green Lab + City of Seattle (Energy Code Demonstration)

Square Feet: 36,600

Little House -- mw|works architecture + design

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Devised to repurpose an existing foundation, the new building is a simple form abstracted against the forest in Seabeck. The jury noted that the architecture consists only of the essential elements that are “needed to create [a feeling of] domesticity.” The design creates a feeling of enclosure and protection, with “just the right amount of cuts” out into the landscape, providing a “fantastic experience with nature.” The project drew a comparison to the hut at Walden Pond.

Project Location: Seabeck, Washington

Design Team: Eric Walter; Drew Shawver; Suzanne Stefan

Collaborators: PCS Structural Solutions (Structural); Johnson + Southerland (Landscape); E & H Construction (Contractor)

Square Feet: 1,140

Cascade Bicycle Club Headquarters designed -- ZGF Architects

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Located in Seattle’s Magnuson Park, the headquarters expresses the club’s mission to create a sense of community among a diverse and active group of cyclists while supporting their educational mission and advocacy initiatives. The jury spoke about the “fine line between doing too much and too little” and applauded the architects for striking the right balance between the two. The design was described as “architectural watercolor – light, transparent, and delightful.”

Project Location: Seattle, Washington

Design Team: Tim Williams; Ashlie Fuller; Seamus Kelly

Collaborators: Hoffman Construction (Contractor); PAE Consulting Engineers, Inc. (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer); KPFF Consulting Engineers (Structural Engineer); Sparling (Acoustics); Luma Lighting (Lighting); Studio SC (Design Signage); Artifacts Consulting, Inc. (Historic Preservation)

Square Feet: 8,000

Shinsegae International -- Olson Kundig

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Shinsegae’s new fifteen-story headquarters in Seoul, this high-performance building meets South Korea’s progressive and rigorous energy codes. The project “celebrates metal as a way of making a structure, façade, and filter for light.” The architecture has a “tactile feel” which, combined with kinetic components on the façade, differentiates it from the traditional look-and-feel of modern commercial buildings.

Project Location: Seoul, South Korea 

Design Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA; Dan Wilson, AIA; Jason Roseler, LEED AP

Collaborators: Shinsegae Engineering and Construction (Contractor); Magnusson Klemencic Associates (Structural Engineer); WSP (Mechanical Engineer); Front (Curtain Wall/Façade/design development and construction documents); CDC (Curtain Wall/Façade/schematic design); Tino Kwan Lighting Consultants (Lighting); Allworth Design (Landscape Architecture); Lerch Bates (Façade Access)

Square Feet: 168,390


Award of Merit

The Junsei House -- Suyama Peterson Deguchi

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Project Location: Seattle, Washington

Design Team: George Suyama FAIA; Jeff King

Collaborators: Crocker Construction Company (General Contractor); Swenson Say Fagét (Structural Engineer); Earth Solutions NW (Geotechnical Engineer)

Square Feet: 2,047

400 Fairview -- SkB Architects

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Project Location: Seattle, Washington

Design Team: Shannon Gaffney; Kyle Gaffney; Brian Collins-Friedrichs; Craig Knebel; Jonathan Zegers; Chris Eidt

Collaborators: Kendall / Heaton Associates (Executive Architect / AOR ); Skanska USA (General Contractor); Magnusson Klemencic Associates (Building Structural Engineer); WSP (Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Protection & Lighting Design Consultant); The Rushing Company (Electrical); University Mechanical Contractors (Electrical); Veca Electric and Technologies (Electrical); Pangeo Inc. (Geotechnical Engineering); Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Inc. (Civil Engineering); Swift Company (Landscape Architect)

Square Feet: 337,000

University of Washington Gould Hall Gallery -- The Miller Hull Partnership

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Project Location: Seattle, Washington

Design Team: David Miller, FAIA; Rob Misel, AIA; Peter Spruance

Collaborators: Western Ventures Construction (General Contractor); Hargis (Mechanical Engineer); A.E.S. Associates, Inc. (Electrical & Lighting); CT Engineering (Structural Engineer); Fredericks Landscape Architecture (Landscape); BRC Acoustics & Audiovisual Design (Acoustics)

Square Feet: 2,300

Microsoft Buildings 16 & 17 -- Gensler

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Project Location: Redmond, Washington

Design Team: Susana Covarrubias (Design Director); Chad Yoshinobu (Design Director); Keith Nielsen (Project Manager/Technical Lead); Tamara Prezalar (Project Manager); Molly Addington (Project Architect); Setion Branko (Designer); Savanna Barker (Interior Designer); Jeroen Teeuw (Designer); Yusuke Ito (Graphic Designer); John Stormont (Designer/ Technical); Ryan Haines (Client Liaison); Lewis Chu (Project Architect); Chelsea Kobza (Interior Designer); Barry Zimmerman (Project Architect); Sarah Miracle (Designer); Julie Gunter (Peer Design Review); Mary Sorensen (Change Management); Yukako Horiuchi (Designer); Rachel Boler (Graphic Designer); Ryan Blanchard (Project Architect/Locker Rooms); Karen Thomas (Managing Director); Alicia Wagner (Designer/Technical); Jeffrey Segal (Project Architect)

Collaborators: CBRE (Owner’s Team/Owner’s Representative); Turner and Townsend (Construction Manager); Coughlin Porter Lundeen (Design Team Structural Engineer); Sparling/Stantec (Acoustical Engineer); Luma Lighting Design (Lighting Designer); Hargis Engineers (Mechanical Engineer); Gerber Engineering, Inc. (Electrical Engineer); Digital Kitchen (Digital Experience & AV Designer); Compass Group (A/V Designer/Manager); GLY (Build Team General Contractor); Cochran, Inc. (Electrical Contractor); Hermanson Company (HVAC/Plumbing Contractor); All New Glass, Inc. (Glazing Contractor); Herzog Glass (Glazing Contractor); Magicare/Architextures (Acoustical Contractor); Creative Technology Group (Audio/Visual Contractor for the Cube); McKinstry (Audio/Visual Contractor); Patriot Fire Protection, Inc. (Fire Protection); Contec, Inc. (Concrete Finishing); Division 9 (Tile Contractor); G&W Commercial Flooring Inc. (Flooring); Legacy Group NW, Inc. (Flooring/Furniture); Systems Source, Inc. (Furniture); McClean Iron Works, Inc. (Metal Work); Superior Steel and Ironworkers, Inc. (Metal Work); Custom Interiors (Millwork); Grund & Company, Inc. (Painter); Stively (Painter); Performance Contracting, Inc. (Framer and Drywaller); Trade Marx Sign and Display Corp. (Signage); Image Mill Signage (Signage); Fisheries Supply Co. (Tube Art Supplier); Snap Tex Northwest, Inc. (Wall Coverings); Washington Architectural Hardware Co. (Door Hardware)

Square Feet: 243,800

Mercer Island Fire Station #92 -- The Miller Hull Partnership

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Project Location: Mercer Island, Washington

Design Team: Scott Wolf, FAIA; Sian Roberts, FAIA; Adam Loughry; Kate Spitzer; Chuck Weldy

Collaborators: Corp, Inc. (General Contractor); Sider + Byers (Mechanical Engineer); Travis Fitzmaurice & Associates (Electrical Engineer); SvR Design Company (Civil Engineer and Landscape Architect); Seattle Structural (Structural Engineer); C & N Consultants, Inc. (Cost Estimating)

Square Feet: 8,000


Honorable Mention

In Plain Sight -- Justin Schwartzhoff

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Project Location: Conceptual Project for Atlanta, Georgia

Design Team: Justin Schwartzhoff

Collaborators: Gundula Proksch; AnnMarie Borys; Rick Mohler

Square Feet: 50,000

Night Blooming -- Taiji Miyasaka & David Drake

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Project Location: Bellevue, Washington

Design Team: Taiji Miyasaka; David Drake

Collaborators: Chris Massicampo; Irene Arzaga; Jannita Bolin; Vlanka Catalan; Fernando Felix; Uris Giron; Gerardo Gomez; Janessa Johnson; Nichole Kates; Tuyuka Lara; Tianze Li; Olivia Nisbet; Nandita Rajakumar; Jesse Ridenour; Richard Tung; Lenard Mathias; Western Heritage Flooring; Jeffery Williams

Square Feet: 78.5

The 2015 Honor Awards program was sponsored by:

2015 Honor Awards sponsors

* Please note: Project team lists are provided to AIA Seattle by the submitter. AIA Seattle is not responsible for incomplete or incorrect information.



To view all of the 2015 Honor Awards submissions, visit the Online Gallery.

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